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How could the federal parties’ childcare platforms affect working parents?

The result of the federal election could have a direct impact on working parents. The Liberal Party made a national $10 a day childcare system…

Health benefits claims paid out to support mental health rose 24% in 2020: CLHIA

Canadian insurers paid out more than $97 billion in benefits from life and health insurance products in 2020, according to the Canadian Life and Health…

  • By: Staff
  • September 15, 2021 September 15, 2021
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Conservatives’ proposed mental-health tax credit step in right direction: experts

If elected, the Conservative Party is promising to help employers prioritize mental health in the workplace. As part of its election platform, the Conservative Party…


54% of Canadian employers adopting hybrid work, meeting employee expectations: survey

With 57 per cent of Canadian employees expecting flexible working arrangements to continue post-coronavirus pandemic, 54 per cent of Canadian employers are adopting a hybrid…

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • September 13, 2021 September 10, 2021
  • 09:00

Ontario extending paid sick leave program until end of 2021

Ontario is extending a temporary paid sick leave program for workers until the end of this year. Labour Minister Monte McNaughton announced that the coronavirus pandemic…

Transat, WestJet employee vaccination policies taking flight

Transat A.T. Inc., like competitors Air Canada and WestJet Airlines, is requiring all of its employees to be fully vaccinated in accordance with a federal…

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68% of Canadians making retirement a financial goal: survey

Almost two-thirds (63 per cent) of Canadians cited retirement as a financial goal compared to last quarter (58 per cent), according to a quarterly survey…

  • By: Staff
  • September 10, 2021 September 10, 2021
  • 09:00

Employers prioritizing mental health, permanent hybrid work 1.5 years into pandemic

It’s 18 months this week since a global coronavirus pandemic was first declared and employers are applying many hard lessons learned as Canadian organizations and…

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • September 10, 2021 September 9, 2021
  • 09:00

Liberals promising to protect employers mandating coronavirus vaccines

Amid the ongoing federal election campaign, the Liberal Party is promising to table legislation that would allow employers to request proof of a coronavirus vaccination…

  • By: Staff
  • September 9, 2021 September 9, 2021
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39% of U.S. employers don’t expect to return to office until spring 2022: survey

Nearly four in 10 (39 per cent) U.S. employers said they don’t expect their organization will return to the workplace and end coronavirus pandemic-related policies and…

  • By: Staff
  • September 9, 2021 September 8, 2021
  • 09:00
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How employers can tweak benefits offerings amid rising inflation

With the price of consumer goods, from hot dogs to houses, rising steadily in Canada, some employers are thinking outside the benefits box to help…


KPMG, Couche-Tard mandating coronavirus vaccinations for employees

KPMG in Canada is among the latest companies requiring coronavirus vaccinations all employees. As of Oct. 1, the company is mandating vaccinations for all partners, employees,…

Google delaying return to office until 2022

Google is once again postponing a return to the office for most workers until early 2022, in addition to requiring all employees to be vaccinated…

Which employers are finalists in the 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards?

Benefits Canada is pleased to announce the finalists of the 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards. This year’s entry and judging process took place during the second year of the coronavirus…

  • By: Staff
  • September 7, 2021 September 10, 2021
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How Accenture’s supporting working parents as third pandemic-era school year kicks off

While kids across the country are heading to school in-person this week, it’s far from the return to normal working parents had been hoping for.…

What can employers do if workers won’t get coronavirus vaccine?

Air Canada’s recent decision not to offer rapid testing as an alternative for employees who refuse to be vaccinated against the coronavirus sets a tough new…

Manulife giving extra days off to help employees recharge

Manulife Financial Corp. is giving its employees the second Friday of every month off through to the end of the year to support the well-being…


Federal parties making mental-health services promises on campaign trail

If elected, the Conservative Party is promising it will encourage employers to add mental-health coverage to their benefits plans by offering a tax credit for…

  • By: Staff
  • September 2, 2021 September 2, 2021
  • 09:00

Financial education offerings may help close pension gender gap

With many women at risk of outliving their retirement savings, employers can help by educating female employees about their investment options, says Michelle Connell, a…

Majority of employers are planning return to workplace this year, finds survey

More than half (54 per cent) of attendees to Benefits Canada‘s virtual return-to-work webinar on Aug. 12 said they’re planning a phased return to the…

  • By: Staff
  • September 1, 2021 August 31, 2021
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NDP promising universal pharmacare, Conservatives looking to double EI sickness benefits

If elected, New Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Singh is pledging to begin working with provinces immediately to deliver a single-payer, public pharmacare program for all…

U.S. workers say unvaccinated staff should pay higher insurance rates: survey

More than a third (41 per cent) of U.S. employees believe unvaccinated workers should pay higher insurance rates, with generation Z the least supportive (23…

  • By: Staff
  • August 30, 2021 August 27, 2021
  • 09:00

Employers expect increase in medical services, mental-health issues in 2022, finds survey

The vast majority (94 per cent) of employers said they expect an increase in medical services in 2022 due to delayed care during the coronavirus…

  • By: Staff
  • August 30, 2021 August 27, 2021
  • 09:00

Unvaccinated Air Canada employees facing unpaid leave, termination

Air Canada is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus and to report their vaccination status by Oct. 30. While the company will…

  • By: Staff
  • August 27, 2021 September 3, 2021
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Where do the federal parties stand on paid sick leave?

Paid sick days has been a hot topic throughout the coronavirus pandemic and political leaders are pitching their solutions in the lead-up to the federal…